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INFO: Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Denmark

Good evening from Denmark!

While there's no reason to panic, it's a good idea to follow the situation, so I thought I'd make this little update about the coronavirus-situation in Denmark, for those of you who are (thinking about) visiting Denmark.

As of March 10, 2020:

262 infected & 1101 in quarantine in Denmark + 2 infected & 31 in quarantine on the Faroe Islands (numbers from www.stps.dk).

Current recommendations from the government and the authorities:

  • All events with more than 1000 people are strongly discouraged (but not prohibited), so far until the end of March.

  • Avoid taking public transport during rush hour, if possible.

  • Increased focus on hand hygiene to avoid contracting or spreading the disease. Physical contact (handshakes, hugs, kisses, etc.) is discouraged.

  • Both residents and visitors who are returning from "high-risk areas" in other countries are requested to go into a 14-day quarantine.

DSB is refunding all domestic train tickets and reservations free of charge (including the usually non-refundable Orange tickets). Special conditions apply for international DSB tickets. DSB has also announced that they're working on introducing mandatory seat reservations on Regional and InterCity trains in response to the virus outbreak, but they haven't released further details yet.

Everything is still business as usual, but the coronavirus is naturally the main talking point. The situation is still developing, and circumstances change day-to-day, so the posted information may be outdated by the time you read this/visit DK. Again, this post is not meant to spread panic, it's merely meant as information for those who are looking to visit Denmark in the coming days/weeks/months.

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Thank you for the information, broccolihaar. So are people buying out all the toilet paper in stores, as it sounds like is happening in some parts of the world? Looking forward to our trip to Denmark this June.

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My pleasure, Cyn! No, that's not a problem that I've encountered in my local grocery stores.
I hope you'll have a great time when you visit!

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The Prime Minister held a press conference tonight (March 11), and there's a lot of big news. In short: Non-essential parts of the public sector is closing down for 2 weeks. This timeframe may be prolonged if necessary.

Here are some of the main points of tonight's press conference:

  • The government is looking into the possibility of restricting entry to Denmark. Such future initiatives can include mandatory medical examination upon arrival, and the possibility of obligatory quarantine.
  • Gatherings of more than 100 people are discouraged. The government is working on a ban, which will be rushed through parliament. In continuation of this, the PM is urging nightclubs, pubs, etc. to be closed.
  • Seat reservations are now required on all IC and ICL trains. Travelling on public transport in rush hour is still discouraged.
  • Kindergartens, schools, universities, etc. are closed for 14 days starting Friday the 13th/Monday the 16th
  • Libraries, cultural institutions, etc. will be closed for 2 weeks.
  • Non-essential government employees are being sent home for 14 days, starting Friday the 13th. Non-essential private companies are encouraged to do the same.

The effects that this will have on museums have not been 100% clear, but I'm guessing that they will close.
The country is not on lockdown, so you can still get around freely, but I would expect touristy things to be very quiet and/or closed. With these and possible future initiatives, I would highly encourage you to read up on the situation on a day-to-day basis (from your own government and Danish authorities), if you're thinking about visiting Denmark in the coming weeks.